Our gorgeous Wisconis peninsula is filled with picturesque scenery, delicious cuisine, and rich history. Take a trip into the past when you visit the Door County Historical Museum. This museum is one of the best places to learn about the peninsula’s history. If you’re looking for more can’t-miss local attractions, access your free copy of our Vacation Guide today. It’s the only resource you need to plan a stress-free trip!
4 Things to Do at the Door County Historical Museum
Come and see why the Chicago Tribune named the Door County Historical Museum the best small museum in the Midwest!
1. Learn About the Pioneer Fire Company
One of the most iconic displays at the museum is the bright red fire truck from the Pioneer Fire Company. An entire section of the museum is a replica of the peninsula’s original firehouse. Here, you’ll see three fully restored fire trucks and other fire-fighting artifacts.
2. Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Are you interested in learning about Door County’s natural history? The museum’s wildlife diorama features a life-size beech tree and a display of the peninsula’s native species throughout the four seasons. Observe taxidermied birds, white-tailed deer, bears, badgers, and more.
3. Explore a Typical Wisconsin Town
Check out the museum’s lower level to experience a typical Wisconsin county in the 1800s. Stroll through replicas of a model street, post office, schoolhouse, and more. These educational displays tell the story of Door County’s first businesses and give visitors a look into life during a different era.
4. Find Out What Sets Door County Apart
While the peninsula is similar to other Midwest counties in some ways, there are so many things that make Door County different. From our famous apple and cherry orchards to our diverse ethnic history, there’s much more to the peninsula than meets the eye. Learn more about the area’s unique history during your trip to the historical museum.
If you’re interested in learning more about the area’s history, be sure to put the Door County Maritime Museum on your itinerary as well.
Hours & Admission
The Door County Historical Museum in Sturgeon Bay is open every day from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., from May 1st through October 31st. Contact the museum directly for admissions details.
Spend a Relaxing Evening at The Ashbrooke
After you’ve enjoyed an afternoon at the Door County Historical Museum, you’ll be eager to explore the rest of the peninsula. Dine at one of our favorite Egg Harbor restaurants, go hiking, or see a show at the Peninsula Players Theater — the choice is yours! No matter how you decide to spend your days here, The Ashbrooke is the ideal home away from home. Each of our sophisticated rooms and suites offers deluxe amenities such as a built-in wet bar, an HDTV with HBO, and custom bath products. In select accommodations, you’ll find an in-room whirlpool tub, a fireplace, and a separate living area. It’s the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.